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An Inside Look at Campaign Fund-Raising - Part 2

COFFEE GOALS

The Democratic Party needed to scrape up $5.4 million in relatively short order, to help out the Texas campaign. So what was the plan? As outlined in a July 14, 1996, memo, it included a visit to Texas, a birthday party in New York and another coffee at the White House. The party hoped the coffee get-together would rake in $500,000. Another White House coffee already on the schedule was supposed to bring in $350,000.

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Here's more background on those coffees -- a July 23, 1996, projection from campaign manager Peter Knight to Harold Ickes on what he was expecting to collect from them, and how the proceeds would be split with the Texas Coordinated Campaign.

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THANKING THE TROOPS

This Sept. 16, 1996, memo from Ickes asks that four dinners be set up at the White House after the election to "thank political/fundraising supporters."

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Who says we don't have a hands-on president? Here's a draft of a 1994 fund-raising letter straight from the pen of the POTUS himself. "I'll never forget your help in 1992," he says, adding later on, "I need your help."

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DINNER AT DAVID'S

Clinton dined twice at entertainment executive David Geffen's house within two weeks in March 1996; here's the guest list for the March 8 meal.

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FOWLER'S REDEMPTION?

Since the fund-raising controversy dawned, former DNC co-chairman Don Fowler has been hammered mercilessly for allegedly allowing his party's fund-raising apparatus to spin out of control during the 1996 election season.

But on page 14 of a 16-page memo from Ickes to Clinton, Fowler gets a small measure of redemption. Ickes tells the president that Fowler "feels strongly" that the DNC should cap contributions at $2,000, but that Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd, the other former DNC co-chairman, opposed the idea.

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